What Are the Most Common Types of Personal Injury Claims?
Millions of people in the United States are injured or worse every year in vehicle accidents, workplace incidents, or due to defective products. For a person involved in an accident, life can feel confusing, and they may be left wondering what to do next, how they can receive compensation, and whether they need to retain legal counsel.
You are entitled to collect compensatory damages for the physical, monetary, and emotional hardships that you endured due to someone else’s recklessness. However, the judicial process can be complex and overwhelming. This is why working with a personal injury attorney is the best way to help ensure that you recover full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Here are some of the most common personal injury claims that attorneys handle:
Vehicle accidents can happen in a variety of situations. A car crash could occur in bumper to bumper traffic, driving on an empty road, crossing an intersection, or in a parking area, among various other scenarios. The manner in which a vehicle collides with another vehicle, objects, or even pedestrians will affect the injuries resulting from the accident.
The primary causes of car accidents include drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and reckless driving. It is advisable to consult a lawyer after the crash as your attorney has the skills and resources to help you develop and handle all facets of your case, both medical and legal.
Suppose you have any questions regarding the settlement amount of a claim, the terms of your insurance plan, or suspect bad faith on the part of your insurer. In that case, lawyers are available to provide sound legal advice to help you navigate these areas. Proving that the other party was responsible for the accident can be challenging. An experienced car accident attorney can gather evidence, develop a strong case, and hold the responsible party accountable for your losses.
When a person suffers injury or death due to incompetence or negligence by a medical practitioner, it forms the basis for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Medical malpractice victims suffer various financial challenges due to medical bills and lost time from work. Personal injury lawyers understand these hardships well, and they can offer comforting services to enable families to get back on track.
Some common types of medical malpractice include:
- Surgical mistakes
- Anesthesia errors
- Medication errors
- Misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Childbirth injuries
Injured at the Workplace
Every day, people are injured in the workplace. But most do not know how to proceed further as they are unsure whether they have a claim or not. There are various types of workplace injuries, such as due to faulty equipment or products, slip and falls, toxic materials, and gas explosions.
The severity of the injuries sustained in the workplace can vary significantly. For injured workers, their first recourse is to file a workers’ compensation claim (if their employer as workers’ comp insurance) to obtain reimbursement for reasonable medical costs and a portion of lost wages. However, if a party other than the employer caused the injury, then they may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit directly against the responsible party.
Millions of vehicles, appliances, and toys are recalled annually, but many people suffer serious injuries before they are pulled off the market. These injuries occur due to faults that were overlooked during the production process. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, younger populations were most at-risk for being injured by defective products. Some injuries that can occur because of faulty products include:
- Off-road vehicles
Types of Serious Injury Claims
The following types of personal injuries may result in substantial claims:
Neck Injuries and Whiplash
Whiplash refers to a traumatic injury to ligaments, spinal discs, and neck muscles, often due to the sudden jerking movement of a rear-end collision. Whiplash can result in memory problems, chronic pain, and issues with sleep and concentration. Vehicle accidents can also lead to fractured bones in the neck and other severe neck injuries.
Spinal cord Injuries, Back Injuries, and Paralysis
A spinal cord injury (SCI) can lead to loss of function (paralysis) of one or more limbs (paraplegia) or over more substantial areas of the victim’s body (quadriplegia or tetraplegia). Chronic pain or other debilitating issues may result from less severe damage to the spinal cord, spinal discs, or vertebrae.
Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and Head Injuries
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is any injury leading to tearing, bleeding, bruising, or any other physical damage to the brain. A concussion refers to a mild TBI that typically heals over a few weeks. However, a severe TBI is potentially chronic and can lead to a variety of impairments.
Speak to a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney in Virginia
Personal injury claims allow an injured person to seek recovery for losses that they have sustained due to the wrongdoing of another. The competent personal injury lawyers at Buck, Toscano & Tereskerz have successfully handled countless cases for injured clients. Our skilled legal team can review your case and advise you of your legal rights and options. For a free, no-obligation case review, call today at (434) 977-7977.